Memphis, Tenn.: It Took Three Dead Babies

Tennessee learned the hard way that you can't take people off welfare without having good day care

Tennessee was supposed to be a national model for welfare reform. And so it was until the state ran into a basic truth about putting poor people to work: You can't reform welfare if you don't have good day care. So the story of Tennessee's success in one area--62% of its welfare recipients have moved into jobs--is also the story of its struggle in another. It is a story of day-care warehouses' stockpiling kids and sucking in rich government subsidies while paying barely trained caregivers less than $12,000 a year. It's a story of thousands of meals for poor kids paid...

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